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How to Install New Kitchen Cabinets (page 2 of 2)

Learn everything you need to know to install new cabinets, including how to measure correctly, basic prep and finishing touches.
Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Aligning Doors

Moving the Door Left and Right
Tightening or loosening the screw, as shown in Image 1, will move the door to the right or left.

Moving the Door Up and Down
Loosen the screws in the hinge plate, as shown in Image 2, and reposition the door before tightening them again.

Moving the Door In and Out
To position the door farther away from the carcass, loosen the central screw in the hinge plate and adjust the door accordingly (Image 3). Retighten the screw to secure the door.

Attaching a Handle

Clamp a scrap of wood firmly against the front face of the door at the position where the drill bit will emerge. Using a drill bit slightly larger in diameter than the threaded screw of the knob or handle, drill through the door until you penetrate the block (Image 1). This should prevent the front surface from splitting.

Remove the block. You should have a perfect pilot hole, with no splintering or other damage around its edge. Insert a screw (Image 2).

Because a handle is being installed here, a second hole is required. Position the handle against the door and secure the screw in place (Image 3).

Installing a Toekick

Position the toekick, pushing the clips in place onto the legs of the cabinets. Continue to add further sections of toekick until you have covered all areas. A toekick is easy to remove, allowing new floor coverings to lap under cabinets. Toekick height may then be trimmed to accommodate any floor-level change.

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Putting on Drawer Fronts

First attach the handles to the drawer using the same method for attaching door handles. Hold the front against the drawer (Image 1).

Insert screws through the front of the drawer from the inside, so that they are driven into the drawer fronts, and tighten them securely (Image 2).

Installing a Scribe Molding

Cut the molding to the lengths needed. Cut mitered joints with a miter saw. Screw in place the piece of molding that fits against the wall (Image 1).

Apply some wood glue to the mitered end to add extra strength (Image 2).

Butt the next piece of molding against the first and press the mitered joints together firmly (Image 3).

Secure this length of scribe molding using wood screws (Image 4).

Types of Cabinets

Kitchen cabinet options may seem endless. While you know that the material, finish, and design style of your kitchen cabinets will determine the overall look of your kitchen, it is also important to keep in mind that how your cabinets are made will determine the timeline of your kitchen remodeling project. There are three main types of cabinets available: stock, semicustom, and custom. The cabinets that you might choose to browse in order to gather design inspiration at a local home improvement center or cabinet discounter are either stock or semicustom kitchen cabinets. If the price tag for new cabinets is more than you expect or if you just want to update the look of your cabinets with new cabinet fronts, kitchen cabinet refacing may be the best option for you.

Stock Cabinets
Stock cabinets are preassembled or ready-to-assemble cabinets that are available at most home centers and cabinet discount stores. Manufacturers and dealers keep a selection of stock cabinets in inventory, so they are ready for delivery on ordering. If the cabinets you choose require delivery from the manufacturer or warehouse, it may take a few weeks to receive your order. Typically constructed of engineered wood and steel-sided drawers in standard sizes, the options are limited. While stock cabinets can be finished, cabinet boxes are usually made of less expensive material than the fronts of the cabinets. Some manufacturers offer a higher-end version of stock that includes standard options of rollout trays and dovetail joints. Stock cabinets are the least expensive option.

Semicustom Cabinets
Available at most home centers, cabinet retailers, and design centers, just as the name implies, semicustom cabinets are standard premade cabinet components that allow you to mix and match the pieces to your specification. Oak, maple, and cherry are popular materials, and special finishes are available. They can be framed or European style. Most design centers have assemdled kitchen cabinets, so you can have a look at the possibilities that each offers. Options can include plate racks, sliding shelves, wine racks, and glass doors. Designers employed by the suppliers can help you decide what package might suit your needs the best. While there is a display of the various configurations of cabinet options, you will have to order your particular cabinet design and wait about six weeks for delivery.

Custom Cabinets
Custom cabinets are the best choice if you are not on a tight budget and if you do not have a fast-approaching time deadline. Unlike stock and semicustom cabinets, custom cabinets are not constructed until you place your order. Material possibilities may seem endless, because you can also choose exotic woods and reclaimed wood. Cabinetmakers can paint or stain to your choice of material, to your specifications. Door profiles and design and storage options are also only limited by your budget and the cabinetmaker you choose. Some cabinetmakers can complete a modest cabinet order in as little as a few months, but be aware that it could take much longer.

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Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009